We looked back on another year of outstanding achievements by our pupils, and ahead to our centenary celebrations in 2019, at our annual prize-giving ceremony recently.
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral was the spectacular setting for the event, which saw the school welcoming former pupil Richard Archer as the VIP guest speaker.
Richard, who left St. Mary’s in 2003, went on to obtain a first-class law degree from Liverpool University before qualifying as a barrister practising criminal law.
In March 2017 he was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court at the age of just 32, the youngest person in recent history to hold judicial office.
As well as enjoying Richard’s reflections on his time at St. Mary’s and his career to date, guests heard that during 2017 St. Mary’s had maintained its tradition of both academic excellence and encouraging achievement in sport, music and many other extra-curricular activities.
Principal Mike Kennedy reported that St. Mary’s had enjoyed another successful summer in terms of public examinations.
At A Level candidates achieved a 98 per cent pass rate, well over half (58 per cent) at the highest A* to B grades, while at GCSE level the overall pass rate was 99 per cent, with more than a quarter (27 per cent) of students achieving seven or more A*-A / 9-7 grades.
However, Mr Kennedy stressed that it is the breadth of subjects that pupils study, and the range of other activities on offer to them, that makes St. Mary’s so special.
Musical highlights of the year had included the annual St. Mary’s at the Philharmonic concert in the spring, and the summer Proms in the Park music and fireworks extravaganza.
Meanwhile, there had also been two major dramatic successes with an acclaimed production of the classic Greek tragedy Antigone at the University of Liverpool’s Stanley Theatre, and a very well-received lower school production of Lord of the Flies.
And there was also success to report on the sports field, with the school’s under 18 netball team being crowned Merseyside champions, the school soccer team winning the Sefton Football Cup, and the under 13 rugby squad winning the Lancashire Plate.
Elsewhere at the college, there was a school trip to Bavaria, music tours to Paris and Venice, an opportunity for students to meet Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney and to get involved with its popular and thriving Combined Cadet Force.
In his address the Principal also highlighted pupils’ efforts in support of a wide range of charity fundraising projects at St. Mary’s during the year.
And there was also praise for staff, governors and parents for their contributions to life at the college, and the many successes highlighted during the ceremony.
Summing up the year Mike Kennedy said: “Prize day is a great opportunity to recognise the successes of our pupils who continue to maintain the high-achieving traditions of the school, academically and in many other fields.
“I want to say congratulations to all our prize winners. You have achieved well and with credit. But I also want to congratulate everyone at St. Mary’s - your values and character are the real achievements being celebrated here today.
“It’s my belief that St. Mary’s is an exceptional community, and it will be my great pleasure to be Principal of the college as we mark the centenary of the school in 2019, when a number of special celebration events will take place throughout the year,” added Mr Kennedy.